U.S. Energy News

Forecast: U.S. offshore wind market is poised for growth

WIND: The U.S. offshore wind market will grow at a compounded annual rate of more than 50 percent over the next eight years, thanks to state-level procurement, according to a new forecast. (Greentech Media)

ALSO:
• Texas installed more wind power capacity than any other state in the fourth quarter, adding 1,179 megawatts, according to the American Wind Energy Association. (Houston Chronicle)
• A conservation group files a lawsuit seeking to overturn Maine Gov. Paul LePage’s moratorium on new wind energy projects. (Press Herald)

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SOLAR: Duke Energy added 451 MW of solar capacity to North Carolina’s grid in 2017, which is less than the previous year but still a significant amount of new solar power. (Charlotte Business Journal)

STORAGE: The adoption of energy storage faces challenges in the Pacific Northwest due to low-cost hydropower and policies that favor large power plants. (Utility Dive)

POLICY: A member of the Arizona Corporation Commission proposes an energy plan that includes an 80 percent clean energy target and a 3,000 MW energy storage procurement target, which would surpass California and New York. (Greentech Media)

SUBSIDIES: Regional grid operator PJM wants to change how it sets energy and capacity prices, effectively subsiding coal and nuclear plants. (Energy News Network)

EPA: EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt tells a Senate committee that he doesn’t believe environmental protection should mean “prohibition” of oil and gas industries. (Houston Chronicle)

CLEAN POWER PLAN: New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy is pulling the state out of a lawsuit challenging the Clean Power Plan. (NorthJersey.com)

CLIMATE: The Pentagon releases its first survey of climate-related events at U.S. military facilities, which includes reports of flooding, drought, and extreme temperatures. (Washington Post)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Harley-Davidson says its first electric motorcycle will be on the market “within 18 months.” (Quartz)

EFFICIENCY: U.S. cities most affected by climate change are also the least energy efficient, according to data from a clean energy company. (Reuters)

OIL & GAS:
• Oklahoma oil and natural gas producer Chesapeake Energy lays off about 400 employees in an effort to cut costs and focus on production efforts. (The Oklahoman)
• President Trump was incorrect in his State of the Union address when he called the U.S. an “exporter of energy.” The country still buys more foreign energy than it sells abroad. (Vox, Quartz)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: Alaska’s governor asks Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to restrict a plan for oil and gas leasing off the state’s coast to select areas. (Reuters)

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PIPELINES:
• A federal judge rejects a request from environmental groups to temporarily halt the construction of the Bayou Bridge Pipeline through a river swamp in south Louisiana. (Associated Press)
• Conservation groups file a legal challenge contesting FERC’s decision to approve the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline, saying the agency didn’t adequately determine the true need for the project. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY:
• In a Q&A, an energy expert at The University of Texas says new tariffs on imported solar panels are “too little too late” to stop the U.S. solar industry. (Scientific American)
• David Roberts shares four signs that the decline of U.S. coal is imminent, and none of Trump administration’s policies can stop or reverse it. (Vox)

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